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The State and the Political Economy of Reform in Syria

Raymond Hinnebusch and Søren Schmidt
The State and the Political Economy of Reform in Syria
ISBN: 978-0-9559687-3-0
2008/49 pages
St Andrews Papers on Contemporary Syria
Distributed for the University of St Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies


This volume explores the development of Syria's political economy under the Baath, particularly the role of the state in facilitating or obstructing economic development. Raymond Hinnebusch provides a brief overview of the literature and debates on the issue. His examination of Syria's political economy under populism (1963-2000) is followed by Søren Schmidt's analysis of the post-populist period since 2000.


Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of international relations and Middle East politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Søren Schmidt is a researcher at the Danish Institute of International Studies.


  • Debates on Syrian Political Economy Under the Baath—R. Hinnebusch
  • The Political Economy of Populist Authoritarianism—R. Hinnebusch
  • The Developmental Role of the State: Lessons from Syria—S. Schmidt